The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

“A remarkable journey. I laughed. I cried. I got another cat.”  —Lily Tomlin

“Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known.” —Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! and author of The Book of Vice

“Is there a secret to happiness?” asks comedian Paula Poundstone. “I don’t know how or why anyone would keep it a secret. It seems rather cruel, really . . . Where could  it be? Is it deceptively simple? Does it melt at a cert

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  • 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Just added “hug Paula Poundstone” to my bucket list…, May 31, 2017
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    Loved this book. I chose it to read during down times on our family vacation and ended up staying up late every night to keep reading. So much for getting well rested!
    I already know and love Paula Poundstone from “Wait, wait” and as I read this book I could hear each sentence in her voice. This was a light hearted read but it made me think about things differently. Also, I might try swing dancing. You should read it too!
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  • 12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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    Must read for all searching for happiness, and who isn’t?, May 15, 2017
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    boatdock (whitefish, mt) –

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    Written in the scientific method, which tickles me, as a scientist. Paula tests a number of topics for level of happiness they bring to her : exercise, silence, animal children, giving back, fast cars, etc.
    Through each chapter she weaves funny and poignant stories of her 3 children that are familiar to all of us with children.

    This book really resonated with me as I have been searching for happiness since my husband, the love of my life died , 5 months ago of early onset dementia. I have learned happiness can exist with profound grief.

    Loved this book.

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  • 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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    GREAT BOOK – MORE THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT, May 14, 2017
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    Blackie (Los Angeles, Ca) –

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    The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human HappinessI thought this was a great book. It was clever and funny. I didn’t expect Paula Poundstone to be this good a writer. A lot of comedians are funny but that doesn’t mean they are articulate and Poundstone is. What’s more, she doesn’t hide behind jokes to draw some real emotion, without being all sappy about it. She has frank, entertaining honesty, all bundled with humor. But the thing I liked most about this book is that around the 2nd chapter (experiment) it takes a turn and I started becoming involved in more than Poundstone’s experiments. The book spans 7 years of her life with her children–they grow on–one leaves home, one goes on to college, one becomes an electronics addict. I got involved with this family and what was going to happen. There is so much pathos, and laughter, and charm in this book. The experiments, are funny, and easily identifiable, but there is way more meat here than meets the eye. Bravo bravo to Paula Poundstone for a very funny, unique and entertaining book. I highly recommend it to anyone with a heart or capable of real emotional expression.
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